3XN have recently achieved planning approval for 2 Finsbury Avenue, for British Land and GIC, providing over 700,000sqft of world class workplace as part of the continued reimagining of the Broadgate Campus in the City of London. The project consists of a 12-storey podium with a 35 storey East Tower and 20 storey West Tower.

Project Name: 2 Finsbury Avenue at Broadgate
Studio Name: 3XN Architects

Clint: British Land
Lead Architects: 3XN
Size: 700,000 sqft
Programme: Office and commercial

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As the latest example of 3XN’s focus on human-scale, sustainable development, 2 Finsbury Avenue has been designed with an international team of industry professionals – including GXN, 3XN’s sustainability and innovation consultancy, to ensure that the project will deliver futureproofed approaches to work, health, wellbeing and circular design, all with significant reductions in operation and embodied carbon.

This Net Zero Carbon development is targeting BREEAM Outstanding and will be designed to accommodate WELL standards as part of the base build works. 2FA is one of the first projects to comply with a new circular economy policy in London, and GXN is spearheading this work, implementing circular economy solutions across the project, focusing on both upcycling and adaptable design.

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Conceived as a vertical campus, 2 Finsbury Avenue provides a broad range of amenity spaces that connect workplaces and the buildings users – each of these spaces has been designed to reflect the latest in behavioural and social science, encouraging users to connect, interact or relax throughout their day. The proposals include the 9,000sqft Winter Garden, a unique space that provides as sheltered, climate adaptable, green space that offers a place for respite, renewal and an opportunity to enjoy the building’s unique views over London.

The project marks 3XN’s first commercial project in London and offers a fresh take on the traditional concept of an office tower. “We are excited to have appointed 3XN for this project,” says Nigel Webb, Head of Development, British Land. “3XN’s inspirational vision and ability to challenge conventional architectural thinking make this Danish firm the perfect partner for the next phase of Broadgate’s evolution.“

3XN shares British Land’s ambitions to create outstanding places that accommodate flexible options for working, dining, shopping and living. The new building is designed with a strong focus on the wellbeing of the people and organisations who will use the space as well as the surrounding community.

“Broadgate is a really special site, given that it is the largest pedestrianized neighbourhood in London,” notes Kim Herforth Nielsen, Founder and Creative Director of 3XN. “We believe that every new building should contribute real value to its community. This project delivers with thoughtful design that complements this bustling urban neighbourhood. We are thrilled that British Land has trusted us to design this high profile project.”

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Designing from the Inside-Out

3XN believes that architecture shapes behaviour, and that the border between work and social life will continue to overlap. Following this central belief, the 3XN design for 2-3 Finsbury Avenue creates an office that is more than just a workspace; it is a space also aimed to cultivate balance and well-being in everyday life.

”At 3XN, we believe that a building is more than the sum of its parts.  The people centred solutions we have designed for 2-3 Finsbury Avenue offer the highest quality design, sustainability, and performance features. We are happy to offer designs that create healthy new spaces where people can not only work and relax – but actually thrive,” says Audun Opdal, 3XN Senior Partner in Charge of the project.

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This philosophy has allowed 3XN to design the building from the inside out. Program elements are organized into a “vertical campus” designed for maximum adaptability and flexibility. Both cellular and hybrid office layouts are possible, depending on current and future needs. Office spaces are interspersed with healthy, green areas meant to inspire creative work and encourage social behaviour.

2 Finsbury Avenue is the first produced through 3XN’s new London office, augmenting the practice’s existing offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Sydney and New York.

About 3XN:

Award-winning Danish architectural firm 3XN offers more than three decades of experience in designing and building innovative and human-focused architecture. Founded in 1986, the firm quickly became known for creating buildings of substance with compelling aesthetics supported by a strong theoretical foundation. The firm advances Scandinavian traditions of clarity and generosity in architecture and translates them for a global audience. 3XN projects are grounded in ongoing research into how buildings reflect and influence human behavior and the environment. This results in innovative solutions to increasingly complex contemporary challenges.

Among the firm’s most high-profile projects are Olympic House – the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland); the new Fish Market and Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney (Australia); and Royal Arena and The Blue Planet National Aquarium in Copenhagen (Denmark). Headquartered in Copenhagen, 3XN also maintains offices in Stockholm, New York, London and Sydney.

GXN is the innovation unit of 3XN specializing in circular design, behavior design and digital design. The mission is to collect and apply the latest knowledge on materials, sustainability, behavior, and new technologies to the studio’s architecture. www.3xn.com


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